Make Those Appointments


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After putting it off for the last couple of years because of Covid and moving, and my anxiety around doctors and fearing bad news, I have finally begun catching up with my well appointments. I ALWAYS make my HIV care appointments and am 100% adherent to my meds, but I have fallen behind with other aspects of my health.

Last week I had my first Pap smear in over two years. I loathe Pap smears. When I was around 19 or 20 I had received an abnormal Pap smear and was told I had cervical dysplasia. That result led to me having a Pap smear done every 6 months for 2 years or so along with biopsies. When I got pregnant with my daughter and had one done, I found out that it had cleared on its own and I had no issues. That doesn’t stop the fear and anxiety I feel around having them done though. But I pushed through and made the appointment and thankfully this new doctor was very nice and made me feel comfortable for the first time honestly.

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